Infrastructure: Building Bridges to the Future and More

Air, rail, water, Interstates and available land plus office space converge to give the region an ideal intermodal network, near the country’s geographic and population centers.

  • Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport completed a $67 million expansion in 2013 that includes a modernized and expanded ticket lobby. The airport is home to Dassault-Falcon Jet’s only United States completion center as well as Central Flying Service, the nation’s largest fixed-based operation which serves nearly 2.1 million passengers with seven airlines and nonstop service to 14 cities.
  • Little Rock Port Authority is adjacent to I-440 and connects to I-30 and I-40 on the 448-mile McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (from the Mississippi River northwest to 15 miles east of Tulsa). This unique intermodal transportation center features a 2,550-acre industrial park, two full-service river terminals, its own switching railroad, a slack water harbor, and is designated as a U.S. Customs Port of Entry and as Foreign Trade Zone 14.
  • Interstate Highways I-40 (North Carolina-California), the third-longest major west-east interstate, and I-30 (Little Rock-Fort Worth) intersect in the region. I-440, I-430, I-530 and I-630 and five U.S. and 22 state highways also serve the region.
  • Industrial Parks are plentiful in the region, with over 35 parks, ranging in available size from 6-acre tracts to a 2,045-acre megasite.

Commercial Office Space

Occupancy of over 1,000 properties consisting of over 23.6 million square feet is estimated at 89 percent, with sizes ranging up to 700,000 square feet. Get more details at Arkansas Site Selection or in the Arkansas Business Commercial Lease Guide.

Utilities

The region’s utility systems are economic development-focused, providing reliable service and plentiful capacity.

      • American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the U.S., serving nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states. AEP.com
      • Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, long considered one of the top generation and transmission cooperatives in the nation, has assets of about $1.1 billion and annual energy sales of about $669 million, providing power to its members — the 17 electric distribution cooperatives — through its diverse generation assets, including three hydropower plants, three natural gas/oil-fired plants, and two natural gas-fired-only plants.
      • Entergy Arkansas, with as much as 70 percent of its electric power coming from emissions-free nuclear generation, provides the region with a power mix that is one of the highest CO2-free electric generation percentages in the nation.
      • First Electric Cooperative Corporation is a not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative that was incorporated as the first electric cooperative in Arkansas. First Electric owns and maintains more than 9,600 miles of distribution power lines, nearly 200,000 power poles and 47 substations and is the second largest distribution cooperative in Arkansas.
      • CenterPoint Energy is a Fortune 500 electric and natural gas utility serving several markets in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas.
      • Central Arkansas Water has two high-quality and well-protected raw water sources, Lake Winona and Lake Maumelle. Lake Winona, located in Saline County, is a scenic 1.9-square–mile reservoir that supplies approximately 35 percent of the daily, system-wide demand. Lake Maumelle, located in west Pulaski County, is a 13.9-square–mile reservoir that provides approximately 65 percent of daily, system-wide demand.
      • Little Rock Water Reclamation Authority contributes to the long-term economic growth and vitality of the region by planning and investing in an infrastructure that can meet its corporate and residential needs, with over 75 years of providing impeccable service while protecting the environment,